Category: Resources

Ash Dieback Toolkit from the Tree Council

You may remember Dutch Elm Disease…… Ash Dieback will be ten times worse. Many churchyards have old ash trees and probably lots of ash regeneration. Many Dioceses leave it up to individual churches on whether to use herbicides etc. The result in Devon, for example, is not satisfactory. The Tree Council has just launched its …
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A Service for Rogationtide

This year, Rogation Sunday is on 6 May. Rogationtide was originally about asking God (Latin – rogare – to ask) to bless the crops. Rogation Days are the three weekdays before Ascension Day, but many churches have observed Rogation on the preceding Sunday. Here is a simple idea for keeping Rogationtide, spotted on the Green …
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Devon ecochurch photos

We thought you’d like to see some photos of ecochurch-related activities around Devon…

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St Wenn, Diocese of Truro – shared biomass boiler with under-floor heating

In St Wenn, Cornwall, the Church and School shared a biomass heating project. First steps – what’s needed? Planning for this project was comprehensive and inclusive – and it took some long time! St Wenn Church Council (PCC) involved church members, the head teacher and governors, together with – critically – the wider community. Churchwarden, …
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Eco Church Scheme launched

Great launch of Eco Church scheme at St Paul’s Cathedral with Rowan Williams, Canon Philippa Boardman (Canon Treasurer – receiving the first award – for the cathedral), Tearfund’s Nigel Harris (CEO), Christian Aid Christine Allen (Policy & Public Affairs Director) and A Rocha UK’s Andy Atkins and Ruth Valerio (CEO and Churches & Theology Director).Try …
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Storage of solar power using a battery Energy Storage System – updated

A case study of a domestic installation updated after five months’ use.This report describes my experience of a renewable energy storage system developed by a Cornish start-up company operating from the Falmouth University campus – Wattstor Ltd.  The WATTSTOR™ was commissioned at my Penryn home on 14 March 2015. The data here for this period …
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Truro on the map

This website contains a map of churches and schools which have taken actions related to the environment and social justice. Many are in the Church of England, and the map also shows a number of other denominations and congregations. We have just added a number of organisations in Truro Diocese, joining others from Exeter Diocese, …
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Green Gloucestershire

The Diocese of Gloucester and Churches Together in Gloucestershire have provided some funding for a new website containing lots of helpful resources, such as: managing your churchyard switching to Ecotricity energy saving tips in church buildings flooding suppliers of locally grown food and drink joint core strategy (housing) connecting with nature analysis of consumerism trench …
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Hydro-electricity at Buckfast Abbey

The Catholic Benedictine community at Buckfast Abbey has installed both a water turbine (shown here) and an Archimedes screw in the canal alongside the River Dart, which produces electricity for the monastery and many of its activities.

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Bishop’s House, Staverton

Pilot installation of a biomass boiler in a large domestic setting. It is 32kW in size, and the expected payback period is less than 5 years. More information (pdf)

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